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Fraser's politics didn't shift much after 1975, but the rest of Australia's did | Julian Burnside

Fraser's politics didn't shift much after 1975, but the rest of Australia's did | Julian Burnside | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Malcolm Fraser’s commitment to human rights never changed – the rest of the country shifted so far right he seemed to undergo a transformation
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Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture

Our eyes are blind to Tamil torture | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
There is a limit to the number of refugees we can take, but let's be honest about what they're escaping.
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Asylum Solutions: saving money with a more humane response

Asylum Solutions: saving money with a more humane response | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
The major political parties in Australia are engaged in a competition to outdo each other in their promises to mistreat boat people. The theory is that this will deter others from seeking protection here…
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Operation Sovereign Borders: log of boat arrivals and other asylum seeker incidents

Operation Sovereign Borders: log of boat arrivals and other asylum seeker incidents | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Keep track of how many asylum seekers are arriving under the Operation Sovereign Borders regime.
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What underlies public prejudice towards asylum seekers?

What underlies public prejudice towards asylum seekers? | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
According to a poll taken last December, 60% of those surveyed think the Australian government should “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers”. What’s behind this negative sentiment (otherwise…
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3 key bits of misinformation that are predictors for prejudice against asylum seekers

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The reality of boat people and a solution to the asylum seeker "problem" - The Big Smoke

The reality of boat people and a solution to the asylum seeker "problem" - The Big Smoke | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it

Julian Burnside QC challenges both major parties to stop behaving badly when it comes to boat people, offering a policy solution that puts humanity first.

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I think the best comments on our current situation thus far.

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Children in Detention: Manus Island - YouTube

You can donate to get this ad on Australian TV: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/refugees/out-of-sight-in-our-minds/help-tell-their-stories Out of Sight is...
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Operation Sovereign Borders - The first 6 months - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Operation Sovereign Borders - The first 6 months - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
ABC News documents the first six months of Operation Sovereign Borders, exploring the structure and events that have characterised the operation.
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Asylum seekers: Nothing to lose, desperation on Nauru

Asylum seekers: Nothing to lose, desperation on Nauru | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Whistleblower Mark Isaacs felt compelled to reveal detainees' mistreatment.
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Detention Centre

Detention Centre | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Detention Centre is an interactive documentary that seeks to reveal what life is like inside an immigration detention centre. It tells the stories of those who have lived and worked within some of the nation’s highest-security detention facilities, including seven former detainees, two former employees and a volunteer. Beyond their experiences, Detention Centre examines the history and future of immigration detention in Australia, including dynamic data visualisations, and compares our system with others around the world.
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Processing refugees: they get the hits, we get the myths

Processing refugees: they get the hits, we get the myths | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Offshore processing is a cruel method of dealing with asylum seekers. There are alternatives.
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Very good article - so many people think that it's either super harsh deterrence or we just let everyone in and we get wildly swamped.There are sensible alternatives.

 

Although I think it could be more clearly said that just because these out of proportion harsh deterrence measures have reduced the number of boats - it does not mean that if we didn't have deterrence measures asylum seeker levels would rise out of proportion. Even without the alternatives - there in no evidence to support idea's we'd get swamped by asylum seekers in any reasonable scenario.


Check out the Parliamentary Library scoop below for facts and data on how we're not - nor were we ever 'swamped' with asylum seekers.

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Tim Winton's Palm Sunday plea: stop turning back the boats

Tim Winton's Palm Sunday plea: stop turning back the boats | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Palm Sunday commemorates the day an itinerant prophet spoke truth to power.
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Scott Morrison ignored departmental advice on visas for boat arrivals

Scott Morrison ignored departmental advice on visas for boat arrivals | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
Immigration minister took no notice when told refusing permanent visas for refugees was illegal
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Population Growth, Boat Arrivals & Australia's Humanitarian Program

Population Growth, Boat Arrivals & Australia's Humanitarian Program | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
McCrindle - Forecasts | Strategy | Research
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Why are we so intensely concerned about this small number of people. And why do we think that we need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to punish them when we could take the cheap (and smart) option and just be nice.

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Publication - Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Australian Human Rights Commission

Publication - Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Australian Human Rights Commission | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
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Myanmar census, funded by Australia, under fire from UN

Myanmar census, funded by Australia, under fire from UN | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
A partly Australian-funded census has come under fire for discriminating against Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group at the heart of recent unrest in Myanmar.
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Most Shocking Second a Day Video - YouTube

A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in the UK? This is what war does to children. Find out ...
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Nearly two dozen killed in attacks across Pakistan despite talks

PESHAWSAR/QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Attacks in the volatile Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta killed a total of 19 people on Friday, frustrating hopes of a lasting peace deal with insurgents fighting
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At Least 15 INGOs Properties Have Been Attacked In Sittwe ~ Rohingya Blogger

At Least 15 INGOs Properties Have Been Attacked In Sittwe ~ Rohingya Blogger | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
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ERC -- Resources for Schools - Edmund Rice Centre

ERC -- Resources for Schools - Edmund Rice Centre | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
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For asylum seekers and a bunch of other things!

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Refugee Boat Arrivals

Refugee Boat Arrivals | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
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The most updated source of information on boat arrivals + other info on our 'border protection'.

Not super sure who he is, and where all his information comes from - the boat arrivals often have a news story somewhere if you look and I tend to trust his count more than Scott Morrison.

Scott Morrison continues to discount all boats that he turns back, or people he sends back on lifeboats. Yes you can create your very own skewed data set for the success of deterrence measures  if you physically intercept and return the boats on their way - and then only count the ones that arrive.
Wasn't this about stopping deaths at sea by stopping people from making the dangerous journey in the first place? 

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Immigration Budget 2013-14

Immigration Budget 2013-14 | Asylum Seekers and Refugees | Scoop.it
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Click on the first or second link:
or here:

http://www.immi.gov.au/about/reports/budget/budget13/pbs/2013-14-pbs-full.pdf


The total immigration budget estimate for 2013-14 was $5.2 billion (pg15)
Lets break it down a bit:

$2.8 billion is for offshore detention ALONE (Manus Island and Nauru)

(pg45)

 

That leaves $2.4 billion for everything else.

Now to give some perspective on these numbers, there are 2432 people in offshore detention as of Feb 2014 (link below).
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-25/log-of-boat-arrivals-and-other-asylum-seeker-incidents/5014496


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